Middlecamp Presents Pecha Kucha about ARIS Project at Sustainability Forum March 7

By Courtney Becks, Engage Communications
March 07, 2013

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Associate Professor of Environmental Studies Catherine Middlecamp presented a pecha kucha—a presentation format that allots 20 seconds each to 20 slides for a total of about six minutes and 40 seconds— at UW’s inaugural Sustainability Forum on March 7 at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery about the Engage Situated Learning Augmented Reality Interactive Storytelling (ARIS) tool she developed.

Middlecamp’s ARIS project, Sustainability – Walking the Talk, was developed in cooperation with Engage technology consultants John Martin and David Gagnon for her Spring 2013 Environmental Studies 126 class. Helping campus citizens walk the talk of sustainability, it raises students’ awareness about conservation and other environmental initiatives at UW.

ARIS is a user-friendly, open-source platform for creating and playing mobile games, tours, and interactive stories. It uses GPS and QR Codes to immerse users in a hybrid world of virtual interactive characters, items, and media mapped onto physical space.